Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 218.23
- Acquire: when used in connection with a grant of power to any person, includes the acquisition by purchase, grant, gift or bequest. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
- Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
- Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
- Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
- State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
(1) Whenever a licensed motor vehicle salvage dealer acquires a motor vehicle for the purpose of wrecking it, the dealer shall mail or deliver the certificate of title or if the transfer to the salvage dealer was by a bill of sale, the bill of sale, for such vehicle to the department within 30 days after the vehicle is delivered to the salvage yard unless the previous owner already has done so or, if another person is in possession of the certificate of title, as shown by the records of the department of transportation, that person already has done so. If the dealer subsequently wishes to transfer such vehicle to another person, the dealer shall make such transfer only by bill of sale. In such bill of sale, the dealer shall describe the vehicle and shall state that the certificate of title for the vehicle has been mailed or delivered to the department because the vehicle was to have been junked.
(1d) No motor vehicle scavenger may acquire a motor vehicle by a bill of sale for the purpose of wrecking or junking the motor vehicle.
(1g) Before a licensed motor vehicle salvage dealer may acquire a motor vehicle for the purpose of wrecking or junking the motor vehicle, the dealer shall examine the certificate of title for the motor vehicle, or examine the title records of the department if the person transferring the motor vehicle is not in possession of the certificate of title, to determine whether there is any security interest in the motor vehicle. A licensed motor vehicle salvage dealer who demonstrates that the dealer has acted in accordance with this subsection is not liable for any damages incurred by a person who asserts a security interest in a motor vehicle and who is not named on the certificate of title of the vehicle.
(1r) No licensed motor vehicle salvage dealer may acquire a motor vehicle for the purpose of wrecking or junking the motor vehicle if the certificate of title for the motor vehicle identifies a holder of a security interest in the motor vehicle, unless the dealer, when obtaining the certificate of title for the vehicle, pays the outstanding amount of the obligation represented by the security interest in full to the holder of the security interest.
(2) Every licensed motor vehicle salvage dealer shall maintain a record of every vehicle which is bought or otherwise acquired and wrecked by the salvage dealer, which record shall state the name and address of the person from whom such vehicle was acquired and the date thereof. The record shall be in the form prescribed by the department.
(a) Any person violating sub. (1) or (2) may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $200 or imprisoned not more than 60 days or both.
(b) Any person knowingly violating sub. (1d), (1g), or (1r) may be fined not more than $250 for a first offense, not more than $750 for a 2nd offense, and not more than $1,500 for a 3rd or subsequent offense. Each day on which a licensed motor vehicle salvage dealer knowingly violates sub. (1g) or (1r) constitutes a separate offense.